To Horace Mann
I must tell you an ingenuity of Lord Kayniond20, an epitaph on the Indemnifying Bill—I believe you would guess the author:—
Interr'd beneath this marble stone doth lie
The Bill of Indemnity; To show the good for which it was design'd,
It died itself to save mankind.
My Lady Townshend made me laugh the other night about your old acquaintance, Miss Edwin; who, by the way, is grown almost a Methodist. My Lady says she was forced to have an issue made on one side of her head, for her eyes, and that Kent advised her to have another on the other side for symmetry.
There has lately been published one of the most impudent things that ever was printed; it is called The Irish Register, and is a list of all the unmarried women of any fashion in England, ranked in order, duchesses dowager, ladies, widows, misses, &c., with their names at length, for the benefit of Irish fortune-hunters, or as it is said, for the incorporating and manufacturing of British commodities. Miss Edwardsal is the only one printed with a dash, because they have placed her among the widows. I will send you this, Miss Lucy in Town, and the magazines, by the first opportunity, as I should the other things, but your brother tells me you have had them by another hand. I received the cedrati, for which I have already thanked you: but I have been so much thanked by several people to whom I gave some, that I can very well afford to thank you again.
As to Stosch expecting any present from me, he was so extremely well paid for all I had of him, that I do not think
20 Sobert, the second Lord Bay-mond, son of the Lord Chief Justice. WcHpole.
21 Miss Edwards, an unmarried lady of great fortune, who openly
kept Lord Anne Hamilton. Wal-yole.—Mary, daughter of Prancis Edwardes, of Welhara, Leicestershire. Lord Anne was third son of fourth Duke of Hamilton.